With Manually Actuated Display Patents (Class 368/69)
  • Patent number: 9516767
    Abstract: A portable electronic object is provided with a case including a middle part closed by a back cover and by a glass and a bezel fixed to the middle part. The case contains at least one electronic module formed of a printed circuit board to which is fixed at least one microcontroller sending information to a display. The object further includes a tactile control including at least one base element on which there is arranged at least one electrode. The electrode is electrically connected to the microcontroller by a conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Martin Jufer, Stephan Schwegler, Sylvain Helfenstein
  • Patent number: 9495038
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting a presence of a conductive object proximate to a capacitive sense element during an initialization process of a touch-sensing device. A capacitance sensing circuit measures a reference capacitance of a reference sense element. A sensing parameter of the capacitance sensing circuit is iteratively adjusted to obtain a target measurement output value for the reference sense element. With the sensing parameter set to the sensing parameter value, the capacitance measurement circuit measures a first capacitance of a first sense element. A first capacitance difference value is determined between the first capacitance and a first baseline capacitance value for the first sense element. A presence of a conductive object is detected proximate to the first sense element when the first capacitance difference value exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: MONTEREY RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Kristopher L Young
  • Patent number: 9362416
    Abstract: One object is to provide a semiconductor device with a structure which enables reduction in parasitic capacitance sufficiently between wirings. In a bottom-gate type thin film transistor including a stacked layer of a first layer which is a metal thin film oxidized partly or entirely and an oxide semiconductor layer, the following oxide insulating layers are formed together: an oxide insulating layer serving as a channel protective layer which is over and in contact with a part of the oxide semiconductor layer overlapping with a gate electrode layer; and an oxide insulating layer which covers a peripheral portion and a side surface of the stacked oxide semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Junichiro Sakata, Hiroki Ohara, Hideaki Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 9337672
    Abstract: Disclosed are a displaying apparatus, a mobile electronic device, and a displaying frame. The displaying apparatus includes a mobile electronic device and a displaying frame. The mobile electronic device includes an electrical power contact, a circuit-breaking contact, and a battery circuit. The electrical power contact is electrically connected to the battery circuit, and the circuit-breaking contact is positioned corresponding to a control point of the battery circuit. The displaying frame includes a conductive part and an insulation part. When the mobile electronic device is disposed in the displaying frame, the conductive part is configured to press against the electrical power contact for transmitting electric power to the mobile electronic device, and the insulation part is configured to be inserted into the circuit-breaking contact to push the control point for breaking the battery circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliances Corp., Inventec Appliances (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Yao Chang
  • Patent number: 9170566
    Abstract: Watch comprising a middle part which, with a crystal, delimits a watch case. The crystal includes a top face facing the user and an opposite bottom face facing the watch case. An electronic device is arranged on the bottom face of the crystal. A printed circuit board is disposed inside the watch case, underneath and remote from the electronic device. The watch includes a flange which is disposed between the crystal and the printed circuit board. The flange carries an electrical connection between the electronic device and the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Emmanuel Fleury, Pascal Lagorgette, Jean Laconte
  • Patent number: 9086686
    Abstract: A timepiece movement includes a battery housing section configured and arranged to house a primary battery and a secondary battery unit in a replaceable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kojima, Masaru Kubota
  • Patent number: 8971156
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for controlling a time function or a non-time related function including at least two push-buttons (28A, 28B) each provided with a stem (30A, 30B) and a head (32A, 32B), said push-buttons (28A, 28B) being able to move axially between a first inactive rest position and a second position in which they control the function, characterized in that the stems (30A, 30B) of the two push-buttons (28A, 28b) extend side by side and parallel to each other. The invention also concerns a timepiece fitted with this control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Meco S.A.
    Inventor: Hakim El Kadiri
  • Patent number: 8942069
    Abstract: Portable object such as a timepiece including a dial (4) covered by a watch glass (2), the portable object (1) enclosing an electronic control circuit (16) for at least one time function or non-time related function, the portable object further comprising at least one light source (12) and an associated light sensor (10), which are arranged on the dial (4), the light source (12) emitting, through the glass (2), a light beam, which is at least partially reflected towards the light sensor (10), when it is intercepted by the user's finger (D) placed on the glass (2) of the portable object, the light sensor (10) supplying the electronic control circuit (16) with an electric signal for activating the corresponding function when it detects the light produced by the light source (12) and reflected by the user's finger (D), the portable object being characterized in that the light source (12) emits collimated light while forming, on the glass (2), a spot of defined dimensions which defines the place on the glass (2)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Pierpasquale Tortora
  • Publication number: 20140328147
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wristwatch structure, an electronic crown for wristwatch, and a wristwatch having a display. The wristwatch structure comprises an electric driving component; an electronic core having a plurality of two-dimensional joints; and an electronic crown comprising a rotating portion and a fixed detecting portion, the detecting portion detecting electronic signals according to a rotation of the rotating portion; wherein the detecting portion of the electronic crown exports the electronic signals to the electronic core via one of the joints, and the electric driving component is electrically connected to one set of joints among the two-dimensional joints. The present invention can improve compatibility for various designs, thereby shortening product development cycle. Also, the present invention is suitable for developing a product with appearance similar to a mechanical watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Princo Middle East FZE
    Inventors: Chih-kuang YANG, Yeong-yan GUU, Cheng-yi CHANG, Gan-how SHAUE
  • Patent number: 8824245
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a case and a corresponding crystal, and an integrated circuit sized to be received with the case. The wristwatch has a first, second, third, and fourth capacitive touch sensor adapted to be located beneath the crystal and within the case when the wristwatch is assembled. The capacitive touch sensors are in electrical communication with the integrated circuit to control operation of the wristwatch. The capacitive touch sensors are located adjacent to the periphery of the crystal and are spaced apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Advance Watch Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Wai Cheong Lau, Chun Wai Tse
  • Patent number: 8737174
    Abstract: Coupling device 3 between activation means 1 and mechanical display means 2 of a display mechanism, wherein the coupling device 3 is adapted to apply a motion to said mechanical display means 2, in response to activation of the activation means, wherein the motion applied to the mechanical display means 2 is inertial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: David Hoover
  • Patent number: 8588033
    Abstract: Method for displaying the time in a wristwatch furnished with an electronic display (4) allowing the display of a simulated mechanical watch movement and of time indicators (20) so as to simulate a mechanical watch. The time displayed is advantageously calculated on the basis of the simulation of the movement and depends on the acceleration measured by an accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Comme le Temps SA
    Inventors: Pascal Pozzo Di Borgo, Jorg Hysek
  • Patent number: 8545093
    Abstract: A switch structure has an elastic switch lever portion and a rigid support lever. The elastic switch lever portion has an elastic contact portion and an arm portion provided with a pressing force receiving portion from which the elastic contact portion extends. The rigid support lever is mounted for undergoing movement relative to the pressing force receiving portion. The rigid support lever has a rigid substrate portion and a rigid support wall portion that is connected to the rigid substrate portion and that supports the pressing force receiving portion so as to receive a pressing force from the pressing force receiving portion and to guide displacement of the pressing force receiving portion when a pressing force is applied to the pressing force receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Masayuki Kawata
  • Publication number: 20130235704
    Abstract: A portable electronic timepiece (timepiece) with a touch sensitive user interface. The timepiece can be transitioned from a sleep mode to a wake mode by touching a particular area on the touch interface for pre-determined period of time (a dwell input). In the wake mode, the timepiece can interpret a variety of user inputs, including dwell and swipe inputs, and can alter the information shown on the display accordingly. A swipe input can trigger a variety of functions depending on the location, direction and path of the swipe across the touch interface. A dwell input can also trigger other functions depending on how long the dwell lasts and where on the touch interface it occurs. The timepiece can also include a combination of one or more touch buttons and a touch interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Movado LLC
    Inventor: Efraim Grinberg
  • Patent number: 8406086
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece can reduce a burden imposed on a user who performs a manipulation for correcting the positional displacement of a pointer when a position of the pointer is displaced due to the demonstration of the pointer movement. The electronic timepiece includes: a pointer which is rotated in a first direction based on a manipulation signal corresponding to a manipulation from the outside; and a control part which performs the demonstration of the pointer movement in which the pointer is rotated in a second direction opposite to the first direction and the first direction, wherein the pointer is positioned at a position where a rotational angle in the first direction from a preset reference position is smaller than a rotational angle in a second direction from the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimizu, Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazuo Kato, Kazumi Sakumoto, Akira Takakura, Eriko Noguchi, Takanori Hasegawa, Keishi Honmura, Saburo Manaka, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130051189
    Abstract: A watch including a case in which there is arranged a control system, which includes a time base and is arranged to be able to perform several functions, the watch further including at least two analogue display elements and a digital display controlled independently by the control system, the watch further including a control acting on the control system. The watch is arranged in a first, normal operating mode to provide the user with a time indication by the analogue display elements driven by the control system fitted with the time base, and the watch is arranged in a second, special operating mode to allow the user to select a function via the control, to display on the digital display a value associated with the selected function, and to move an analogue display element opposite the value associated with the selected function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventor: Simon Springer
  • Publication number: 20120099406
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a case and a corresponding crystal, and an integrated circuit sized to be received with the case. The wristwatch has a first, second, third, and fourth capacitive touch sensor adapted to be located beneath the crystal and within the case when the wristwatch is assembled. The capacitive touch sensors are in electrical communication with the integrated circuit to control operation of the wristwatch. The capacitive touch sensors are located adjacent to the periphery of the crystal and are spaced apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Advance Watch Company, Ltd., d/b/a, Geneva Watch Group
    Inventors: Wai Cheong Lau, Chun Wai Tse
  • Publication number: 20110235471
    Abstract: An analog timepiece includes a casing, a time displaying device, an electronic device received in the casing, a main control unit (MCU) communicated with the time displaying device and the electronic device for selectively controlling an operation of the time displaying device and sad electronic device and a multi-functional actuator. The multi-function actuator includes an actuator button movably provided on the casing to selectively move between an idle position, a time adjustment position and a triggering position, wherein in the idle position, the actuator button disengages with the MCU to allow normal operation of the electronic device, wherein in the time adjustment position, the actuator button is moved from the idle position to allow adjustment of the time displaying device, and wherein in the triggering position, the actuator is moved to engage with the MCU for triggering an operation of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: BRIGHT AGGREGATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tai Wai LUK, Quang Yin ZENG
  • Patent number: 7932893
    Abstract: Watch (1) including time display means (8; 10) covered by a crystal (4). This watch includes an interface device for controlling a computer cursor. It forms a contactless watch-mouse. For this purpose, a plurality of touch sensitive sensors are arranged so that their sensitive pads (16) are supported at least partially by the crystal (4). The sensitive pads are arranged in particular in the shape of a matrix extending over most of the crystal (4). The click function is performed using a push-button (14) associated with electric contactor or by a pressure sensor or by a touch sensitive sensor provided for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Swatch AG
    Inventor: Christophe Berthaud
  • Publication number: 20110044138
    Abstract: A timepiece includes: a housing (10), a movement (12) provided in the housing, a piece of glass (14) closing the housing, a dial (60) provided between the movement and the glass, wherein the dial can assume a first state in which the elements located behind the dial opposite the glass are visible from the glass side and a second state in which the elements are hidden, a mobile part capable of movement between at least one first position and at least one second position respectively corresponding to the first and second states of the dial, and display members (16) provided between the dial and the glass. The timepiece further includes a lid movably mounted relative to the housing and kinematically connected to the mobile part for urging the same from the first to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: CREATIONS HORLOGERES DE LULLY SA
    Inventors: Anouk Danthe, Olivier Leu, Willy Meier, Sebastien Brancucci
  • Publication number: 20100296369
    Abstract: Portable object such as a timepiece including a dial (4) covered by a watch glass (2), the portable object (1) enclosing an electronic control circuit (16) for at least one time function or non-time related function, the portable object further comprising at least one light source (12) and an associated light sensor (10), which are arranged on the dial (4), the light source (12) emitting, through the glass (2), a light beam, which is at least partially reflected towards the light sensor (10), when it is intercepted by the user's finger (D) placed on the glass (2) of the portable object, the light sensor (10) supplying the electronic control circuit (16) with an electric signal for activating the corresponding function when it detects the light produced by the light source (12) and reflected by the user's finger (D), the portable object being characterized in that the light source (12) emits collimated light while forming, on the glass (2), a spot of defined dimensions which defines the place on the glass (2)
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: THE SWATCH GROUP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LTD
    Inventor: Pierpasquale Tortora
  • Patent number: 7817500
    Abstract: A shock-activated switch device comprises a piezoelectric buzzer having a body for receiving a mechanical shock and a terminal for outputting an electrical output signal when the body receives a mechanical shock, and an output circuit connected to the terminal for converting the output signal into a logic signal for controlling an electronic circuit to execute a specific programmable function, such as alarm snooze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: IDT Technology Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 7782717
    Abstract: The display device, which is arranged to display the minutes and hours, includes two cams (14 and 34) driven separately and respectively from the cannon pinion (11) and the hour wheel (31) of a horological movement. A lever (15, 35) held in the idle position by a spring (18, 38), is arranged so as to be actuated on demand by means of a push button (4) placed outside the corresponding timepiece, so as to make a rack (24, 44) pivot until the moment when a sensing finger (25, 45) of each rack abuts against the periphery of the corresponding cam. Each rack during its rotation drives a pinion (26, 46) carrying hands indicating the minutes and the hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Franck Müller Watchland S.A.
    Inventors: Ramon Gil, Jean-Claude Quenet
  • Patent number: 7778118
    Abstract: A watch device includes a touch-sensitive user interface employing a sensor positioned within the bezel of the display for detecting when the bezel is touched by a user of the watch device. The sensor may be capable of detecting single presses, multiple simultaneous presses, and scrolling motion presses about the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Justin R. Lyons, Kristin M. Massoth, John H. Lovitt, Claudette D. Stevenson, David J. Downey
  • Patent number: 7646677
    Abstract: To provide a portable electronic timepiece capable of downsizing a product without reducing a display area. Zebra rubbers are respectively fixed attached to left and right side faces of a contact member attached portion of a case by making a fixed contact portion constituting a button shaft opposed face thereof disposed on an extension of a button shaft and bringing a section connecting portion thereof into contact with connecting patterns of a contact/main board connecting portion of a main board. When the button shaft is inserted into a button shaft guide hole, a front end thereof is brought into contact with a surface of a bowl type rubber switch member having a section in a channel-like shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Hisao Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20090185452
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable electronic device (1) comprising at least two analog display elements (16, 17) to display the current time in a first operating mode, the time mode, the electronic device (1) additionally comprising a sensor (23) for a physical magnitude to measure the value of this physical magnitude as a function of time in a second operating mode and memory elements (25, 26) intended to store at least a portion of the measured values with a given period. The display elements can be controlled in the second operating mode to respectively display a value representative of the measured physical magnitude and a calculated value representative of the variation in time of the physical magnitude.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Jean-Bernard Veuthey, Fabien Balli
  • Patent number: 7522031
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for controlling an alarm using motion recognition in a portable terminal. In the method, motion input of the portable terminal is sensed in an alarm mode. It is checked whether the motion is a predetermined motion in a motion database. If the motion is the predetermined motion, a re-alarm time corresponding to the motion is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Seok-Hun Lim
  • Publication number: 20090067295
    Abstract: The display device, which is arranged to display the minutes and hours, includes two cams (14 and 34) driven separately and respectively from the cannon pinion (11) and the hour wheel (31) of a horological movement. A lever (15, 35) held in the idle position by a spring (18, 38), is arranged so as to be actuated on demand by means of a push button (4) placed outside the corresponding timepiece, so as to make a rack (24, 44) pivot until the moment when a sensing finger (25, 45) of each rack abuts against the periphery of the corresponding cam. Each rack during its rotation drives a pinion (26, 46) carrying hands indicating the minutes and the hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ramon Gil, Jean-Claude Quenet
  • Publication number: 20090059730
    Abstract: A watch device includes a touch-sensitive user interface employing a sensor positioned within the bezel of the display for detecting when the bezel is touched by a user of the watch device. The sensor may be capable of detecting single presses, multiple simultaneous presses, and scrolling motion presses about the bezel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Justin R. Lyons, Kristin M. Massoth, John H. Lovitt, Claudette D. Stevenson, David J. Downey
  • Patent number: 7420881
    Abstract: The device includes data entry means (10), control means (14) connected to means (12) for displaying said data. The invention is characterised in that it further includes a processing unit (16) inserted between the data entry means (10) and the control means (14). The processing unit (16) includes a memory (11) for storing reference times and particularly the Time Out, a counter (18) storing the time TC that elapses from the start of a manipulation and the time TM the elapses between two manipulations, and a comparator (21) including a first comparison unit (23), which acts on the one hand on an ON/OFF switch (24) to interrupt, via control means (14) the energy supply when TC>TO and which, on the other hand, enables TO to be altered at the end of a series of manipulations as a function of certain reference times of the memory and the speed at which the manipulations have been carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: ASULAB S.A.
    Inventors: Erik Jan Frenkel, Jean-Charles Guanter
  • Patent number: 7419297
    Abstract: There is disclosed a control device including (i) a support (4, 4.1), (ii) an electronic module (6, 60) arranged in or on the support, (iii) a push-button (2.1 to 2.5) mounted to be mobile on the support so as to have a travel in translation along an axis of actuation, (iv) a first contact element (210) including a mobile part (211) placed on the axis of actuation so as to be actuated by the push-button, and (v) a second contact element (220) with which the mobile part of the first contact element can be brought into contact in order to establish an electric connection between the two contact elements, the electronic module including at least one contact pad (610, 620) in electric contact with the first or second contact element, the other contact element having a determined electric potential. The first and second contact elements are respectively formed of a first metal contact strip (210) and a second metal contact strip (220) both carried directly by said support (4, 4.1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Pierre-André Noirjean
  • Patent number: 7382695
    Abstract: To provide a jog switch type composite switch which has a waterproofness and in which a letter scroll is easy. Three button axles corresponding to three individual switches are attached to through-holes of an armoring cover while being made possible to perform a reciprocal movement in an axial direction and through waterproof packings. A button head can be pushed in its intermediate position and is attached to the armoring cover while being made possible to slide in a disposition direction of the button axles. If the button head is pushed in its intermediate position, the center button axle makes only the center individual switch ON. If the button head is slid to an underside, the underside button axle makes only the underside individual switch ON and, if it is slid to an upside, the upside button axle makes only the upside individual switch ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Matsui
  • Patent number: 7382691
    Abstract: A multifunction watch provides plural worlds, each world supporting one or more modes of operation within the world. Separate configurations can be maintained for each world and separate navigation menus can be provided for each world. Modes of operation may be configurable. Duplicate worlds and duplicate modes within worlds are provided. In certain embodiments a desired world can be selected by manipulating a bezel. In some embodiments the bezel rotates to engage and activate one of a plurality of switches, thereby selecting a corresponding world. Each world operates independently of other worlds and some functions can be shared between worlds and between modes within worlds. An example is described in which a multimode watch provides four worlds including TIME, RIDE, COMPASS and SPEED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Nixon, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Capozzi, Matt Landman
  • Patent number: 7379394
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising a first pusher located in a first position on the electronic device, wherein actuation of the first pusher causes initiation of a first operational sequence; a second pusher located in a second position on the electronic device, wherein actuation of the second pusher causes initiation of a second operational sequence; an integrated circuit, operatively coupled to the first and second pushers, for selectively carrying out the first and second operational sequences; switching means for switching the operational sequences initiated by the first and second pushers such that subsequent to actuation of the switching means, the first pusher causes initiation of the second operational sequence and the second pusher causes initiation of the first operational sequence; whereby the first operational sequence is different from the second operational sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Richard D. Ciervo
  • Patent number: 7350968
    Abstract: A watch case for an analog watch movement has a housing and a setting ring in a rotatably moveable and axially slideable relationship. The setting ring is coupled with a setting stem of the analog watch for rotation of the setting stem by rotation of the setting ring and for axial movement of the setting stem by orthogonal axial movement of the setting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Alexander Meerovitsch
  • Patent number: 7272077
    Abstract: Watch with digital display capable of being adjusted by a control device sensitive to rotation and to axial pressure. The watch comprises two lines of alphanumeric characters, of which one is used exclusively for displaying the current time and the other is used exclusively for displaying indications relative to auxiliary functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Pierre Nobs
  • Patent number: 7187624
    Abstract: Enhanced control buttons are provided for a digital timepiece, each button marked with an icon which identifies its function, one icon indicative of the so marked button being operable to turn a night light on/off, another icon indicative of the so marked button being operable to access and exit from a real time setting mode, another icon indicative of the so marked button being operable to access and exit from an alarm time setting mode, said alarm button being programmable to operate in response to momentary and relatively longer pressures to perform a variety of alarm time functions, including turning on and off a similar alarm icon in the timepiece's display, turning off the alarm sound after it becomes audible following a set alarm time, and thereafter turning on the alarm icon in the watch display for repetition of the sounding of the alarm 24 hours later at the same previously set alarm time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventors: Berj A. Terzian, Robert Alfred Brodmann
  • Patent number: 7081905
    Abstract: A wearable mobile computing device/appliance (e.g., a wrist watch) with a high resolution display that is capable of wirelessly accessing information from the network and a variety of other devices. The Wrist Watch device/appliance includes a user interface that is used to efficiently interact with alarms, time keeping functions and notifications on the watch via use of a scroll device implementing dynamic scroll speed controller capability which enables seamless fine-grain and coarse-grain scroll and/or cursor movement through displayed content without notice to the user of the scroll device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mandayam T. Raghunath
  • Patent number: 7065006
    Abstract: A method of enabling the displayability of at least one hidden mode in a multimode electronic device, wherein the method comprises the steps of determining that data in the at least one hidden mode satisfies a specified condition; and causing the mode indicator of the hidden mode to be displayable during a step of cycling among the viewable modes; wherein the at least one hidden mode is available for selecting from the viewable modes in the mode selecting mode. An electronic device that can carry out the foregoing methodology is also provided. In a preferred embodiment, the electronic device is a timepiece and specifically, a wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Richard D. Ciervo
  • Patent number: 7031228
    Abstract: The timepiece, which is preferably a wristwatch, includes for each time position a capacitive sensor (C1 to C12), on a fixed bezel, including only four markings (R3, R6, R9, R12) at 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 9 o'clock and 12 o'clock, and a single crown-push-button (9). The case contains, in particular, a non-acoustic vibration generator (20) and an electronic interpretation and coding circuit (15), associated with a time-keeper circuit (10), with the sensors and with the crown to control the vibration device, said circuit (15) being designed to identify the manipulations on the crown (brief, long application of pressure or pull) and on the sensors (positioning or movement).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Erik Jan Frenkel
  • Patent number: 7016263
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for data entry into a portable object, in particular a watch, with display screen comprising a control button (1) consisting of an elastic mass (2) wherein is housed a permanent magnet (3) and a positioning analogue magnetic sensor (4) with Hall effect for example, arranged inside the object opposite to and spaced apart from said control button (1), said sensor being adapted to measure the movements of the magnet (3) in at least one direction for data entry. The control button (1) is arranged in a blind housing (7) of a non-magnetic wall (5) of the object structure, to be mechanically uncoupled from the sensor, said wall not in contact with said sensor acting as sealing protection for the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: François Gueissaz, Dominique Piguet
  • Patent number: 6975563
    Abstract: A multimode electronic timepiece for assisting a person to take a multiple question timed examination. The number of questions and test time are entered into the timepiece along with selected alert points. A test timer mode then displays time remaining in the examination along with the corresponding question number, and a silent vibrating alarm alerts the person at the preselected alert points, and displays appropriate informative and encouraging messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Dirk de Brito
  • Patent number: 6975562
    Abstract: A method for indicating that a wearable electronic device is operating in a selected mode, wherein the wearable electronic device comprises at least one hand operatively coupled to an actuation mechanism. The method comprises the steps of (a) moving the hand from a first position to a second position, wherein the movement of the hand is through a predetermined sweep angle; (b) moving the hand from the second position back to the first position through the predetermined sweep angle; and (c) repeating at least step (a) and if necessary, repeating step (b); whereby the hand oscillates between the first position and the second position while the wearable electronic device is operating in the selected mode. A wearable electronic device that comprises the foregoing methodology is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Lizzi
  • Patent number: 6967902
    Abstract: A portable timer with an alarm, wherein the timed period is limited to multiples of certain discrete periods of time (i.e. fifteen minutes, thirty minutes, one hour, two hours, etc.) without reference to the actual time of the day or to any specific minute or hour of the day. Thus, users need never convert to actual time the length of a period to be timed nor set the device to local time prior to use. The alarm may be set and the timing function initiated with the push of a single button. The device is further operable to provide audible feedback in the form of human speech regarding its operation and operative mode. Additionally, the device allows for the recording of a short message to be played in lieu of an alarm tone at the end of the timed period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: WC Man Productions
    Inventor: Wade C. Klosterman
  • Patent number: 6930959
    Abstract: An information handling apparatus comprises a scrolling wheel; a platform comprising at least one pivot well; a pivot pin attaching the rolling wheel to the platform and allowing rolling movement of the wheel in clockwise and counterclockwise directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Chandrasekhar Narayanaswami
  • Patent number: 6898155
    Abstract: A portable multi-event reminder device includes a battery-powered electrical timer circuit that is programmable with respect to selecting at least two overlapping time periods, so as to generate prompts for at least two functionally related but time-independent events. A solitary two-state switch is the sole input device employed by a user to provide the desired timing programming. The timer circuit is configured to generate a first electrical reminder signal upon expiration of the first selected time period and to generate a second electrical reminder signal upon expiration of the second selected time period. The reminder signals activate one or more sensory alerts that generate human-perceivable alerts for prompting a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Can-Tron
    Inventor: Cary A. Norman
  • Patent number: 6868046
    Abstract: The watch is provided with a circular row of capacitive keys defined by transparent electrodes (21 to 32) arranged on the inner face of the crystal (5) of the watch and connected to a detection device via a multiplexer. These keys are activated by the person wearing the watch placing a finger (38) on the crystal facing one of the electrodes. The watch further includes means for detecting the position of at least one of the hands (8, 9) by means of the same detection device, using the electrodes (21 to 32) of the capacitive keys and/or other fixed electrodes (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre-André Farine, Jean-Charles Guanter, Sergio Rota
  • Publication number: 20040233790
    Abstract: An information handling apparatus comprises a scrolling wheel; a platform comprising at least one pivot well; a pivot pin attaching the rolling wheel to the platform and allowing rolling movement of the wheel in clockwise and counterclockwise directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Chandrasekhar Narayanaswami
  • Patent number: 6816440
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a portable object such as, in particular, a timepiece (1) including means for controlling at least an electronic function such as an horological function, these control means including at least a touch-sensitive key (16) for selecting the desired electronic function, characterized in that the control means further include a strain gauge (22) allowing the selection of the desired electronic function to be confirmed and/or the electronic function to be activated, the confirmation and/or activation of said electronic function being effected by applying pressure to the portable object via the effect of which the strain gauge (22) generates a control signal which will be applied to an electronic data processing circuit, said portable object also being able to include means able to emit an acoustic signal to indicate to a user that the desired function has actually been switched on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Frédéric Meylan, Jean-Pierre Wattenhofer
  • Patent number: 6807130
    Abstract: Real time balanced, quadribalanced, enhanced quadribalanced or unidirectional segmented digital time display systems are modified by inclusion of selectively prompted displays which are readily visually distinguishable from the real time displays and which prompt the viewer with the letters T, A and d to comprehend that the displays are in modes that enable and thus facilitate the setting or resetting of current real time, an alarm time or calendar values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventor: Berj A. Terzian